Punch,  44 (1863), 175.

The Ugliest Sight in Europe





Railways, Environmentalism, Politics, Government

    Discusses an article in The Times reporting the protest made to the government by inhabitants of Ludgate Hill against the construction of a bridge by the London, Dover, and Chatham Railway Company in front of St Paul's Cathedral. Urges that an act of Parliament should be used to stop this proposal. Observes: 'Parliament, [acting] in the interest of railway companies, perpetually sanctions the violation of the most sacred rights of individuals for the benefit of the public. It might just as well, and a great deal better, gratify the public at the expense of a railway company'. Expects the bridge to be an 'eyesore' and 'one of the most ridiculous wonders of the world'. Hopes the government can teach the London, Dover, and Chatham Railway not 'surreptitiously to procure any Bill empowering them to perpetrate a monstrous public nuisance'.

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